Press Release

Long Beach Public Library
101 Pacific Avenue

Long Beach, CA 90822

Phone: (562) 570-7500

Fax: (562) 570-7408


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LA Opera Talk - Thaïs at the El Dorado Library
Contact :Gail Tweedt, Librarian    562-570-3136

On Saturday, April 12 at 2:00 PM, the El Dorado Neighborhood Library will host an LA Opera Lecture Series featuring the opera Thaïs. This program is presented by one of LA Opera’s Community Educators, a team of trained volunteer experts.  The LA Opera Lecture Series presents insightful talks on opera’s history, literature, philosophy and fine arts. 

activity;src=1379696;dcnet=4155;boom=79571;sz=1x1;ord=4?The most beautiful courtesan in Alexandria, Thaïs holds an entire city in her thrall as she embraces life’s most sensual delights. One man alone, the monk Athanaël, weeps for her sins but his pilgrimage to save the sinner’s soul becomes a tortured journey of erotic obsession. As seducer transforms into saint, the holy man falls victim to his own passions.

This presentation is free and recommended for adults. Light refreshments will be served. A free opera-related gift will be given out at the end of the presentation.

El Dorado Neighborhood Library is located at 2900 Studebaker Road. For more information on this program or other El Dorado Library Services, please call 562-570-3136. For information on other Long Beach Public Library services programs, call 562-570-7500 or visit

Long Beach Public Library, founded in 1896, serves a diverse urban city of close to half a million people. The Long Beach Public Library system includes El Dorado Neighborhood Library, Main Library and ten other unique Neighborhood Libraries and a vibrant online presence. With an emphasis on providing free and equal access to information and support for lifelong-learning, the Library offers books, media, downloads, databases, internet access, Family Learning Centers and a variety of programs ranging from storytimes to cultural programs and movie screenings.